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Livewell Southwest CIC: Activities Volunteer

Livewell Southwest is looking for an Activities Volunteer to be based at Mount Gould Hospital.

Type: Befriending / Companionship, Other

Location: Mount Gould

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health and social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon and Cornwall.

Livewell Southwest is looking for an Activities Volunteer to be based at Mount Gould Hospital.

Livewell Southwest is at the forefront of integrating health and social care, which means that it cares for people in new ways that are more efficient, with health and social care professionals who would have previously worked in individual teams now working together.

This helps them to deliver the right care for people, in the right place and at the right time.

You will find their teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health and wellbeing hubs, at community events and even at football matches.

In 2019, Livewell Southwest was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and received a rating of ‘good’ overall. Its mental health inpatient unit (Glenbourne) and community learning disabilities team received an exceptional rating of ‘outstanding’.

The role of an Activities Volunteer can be varied depending on the volunteer’s area of interest or skillset.

Some examples of activities that volunteers can deliver include art and music sessions, photography, gardening, chess etc,

Occupational Therapy supports people to achieve or maintain as much independence in doing things they want or need to be able to do in their lives.

Within all the complex aspects of therapy, having a volunteer assist on the ward will enhance the work that is already being done and help to encourage patients to engage with activities.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact and motivate service users (essential)
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team (essential)
  • Experience of working with people from mental health, addictions or learning disability services (desirable)
  • Respectful of patient confidentiality (essential)
  • Understanding of personal and professional boundaries (essential)

The Role

Based at Mount Gould Hospital. This can vary from one to two hours per week to one to two days per week. We suggest that we ask for the commitment for a minimum of six months. Start date is flexible.

  • Co-facilitate Activity Therapy Groups
  • Help to plan session content and prepare the group space
  • Assisting with the therapy group while encouraging patients to engage and try something new
  • Help with the practicalities of running a therapeutic group including understanding the role of confidentiality and privacy
  • To assist in providing feedback to the therapist about the sessions

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Livewell Southwest CIC: Activities Volunteer

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